This year glasses have made a comeback as the fashion accessory of the moment, as important as your handbag your eyewear can really make a statement.
Forget the quote “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses” by American poet Dorothy Parker in 1937. This year it’s all about wearing your eyewear loud and proud.
Celebrities and Glasses
Throughout time certain eyewear has captured our attention and drawn inspiration. Who could forget the iconic round spectacle worn by John Lennon or Diane Keaton’s oversized librarian glasses to match her masculine wardrobe in Woody Allen’s 1977 movie Annie Hall.
And it seems the traditional perspective of the superman geek-to-hero once the glasses have been removed couldn’t be further from what is in vogue right now with many designers now branching into opticals and those of the non-visually impaired variety wearing frames with clear lenses.
Celebrities have always been one step ahead and it seems you can’t swing a cat without seeing a celebrity in glasses. Those who rock geek-chic include Justin Timberlake, Pete Wentz or style icon Chloe Sevigny who wear their frames thick and bold.
Or those who opt for a dainty sophisticated, feminine wire or wireless frame like Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner or Jennifer Aniston which don’t overpower their small features.
Designers and Glasses
The designer often lead the charge over traditional optical makers and Prada are no exception with their innovative ranges, this season saw their models gracing the runway with futuristic cats eyeglasses for the Fall 2010 show.
And for eyewear that will really get you noticed then bespoke London optical makers Cutler and Gross are a force to be reckoned with in all things eyewear is renowned for a wide range of art deco inspired frames.
They are a brand that has gone from strength to strength and in the past year have teamed up with British designer Giles Deacon and are also due to be starting a project with fashion icon Victoria Beckham to produce her self-designed handmade sunglasses.
Another name that is hot in Eyewear are Oliver Peoples who design vintage eyewear, famous wearers include Elton John and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, although they are an investment piece and often have a splurge-worthy price tag.
And how to choose the right eyeglasses for you, then it really is all about personality, if you are a fan of retro then a ‘50s inspired cats eye is a great new trend or if you have a big personality are fashion forward and are happy for your glasses to speak for you then oversized geek glasses are a fantastic look.
Or play with different colors and materials from wire to perspex and remember to try on several pairs, like a getting a hair cut not all styles will suit you.